Pediatric Sleep Medicine

Highly Specialized Care for Children with Sleep Disorders

The sleep medicine team at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s treats a wide range of childhood sleep disorders, from the common to the complex. With expert diagnosis and treatment, we offer proven, evidence-based methods to help them achieve quality sleep.


Schedule an Appointment with a Pediatric Sleep Specialist

To make an appointment with a pediatric sleep medicine expert, call 1-866-298-0350 today.

Why Choose UH Rainbow?

For many years, UH Rainbow physicians have been at the forefront of pediatric sleep medicine research. Our work has elevated the standard of care for children with snoring and other sleep issues in Ohio and around the globe. In addition, we are consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Children’s Hospital in pulmonology – the specialty practiced by many of our pediatric sleep medicine experts. Our multidisciplinary sleep medicine team includes pediatric pulmonologists, clinical behavioral psychologists, advanced practice nurses and technicians, and can see patients in a number of convenient close-to-home locations.

Treating the Full Spectrum of Sleep Problems in Children

UH Rainbow sleep experts are experienced in treating a wide range of childhood sleep disorders. These include common issues such as snoring and insomnia, as well as conditions such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, sleep walking/talking, night terrors and others.

Diagnosing and Treating Childhood Sleep Disorders

Sleep patterns are very different in children than in adults. Many children have trouble falling asleep or trouble staying asleep, but also wake up frequently or have disturbing mind sleep. Because of these issues and lack of a good night’s sleep, children then can have problems at school with attention or behavior.

With a complete evaluation, our team of sleep specialists will be able to determine next steps, including narrowing down possible causes. We will also be able to determine if a sleep study is appropriate for an accurate diagnosis – if a breathing issue is suspected.

Addressing Other Health Concerns

In addition, your child may be having difficulty getting restful sleep due to other health concerns. Our team works closely with pediatric specialists at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s to provide help for patients affected by sleep issues that may need specialized sleep evaluations, including patients with:

  • Craniofacial conditions
  • Genetic disorders
  • Neuromuscular issues

We work together with all pediatric specialists, including dentists and orthodontists, to determine the best treatment options for your child’s condition. These treatments may include oral devices or orthodontia assistance to help airways grow better.

For the review of any challenging behaviors with children that have sleep problems, our sleep team at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s has the only licensed clinical psychologist certified in behavioral sleep medicine in Northeast Ohio certified by the American Association of Sleep Medicine.

Sleep Recommendations by Age

The minimal amount of sleep that is recommended for optimal health, based on data from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, may be surprising to some parents. Physicians on our team were actually on the national task force that developed these recommendations. Every 24 hours, the following is recommended:

  • For infants 4 to 12 months: 12 to 16 hours of sleep, including naps
  • Children 1 to 2 years: 11 to 14 hours of sleep, including naps
  • Children 3 to 5 years: 10 to 13 hours of sleep, including naps
  • Children 6 to 12 years: 9 to 12 hours of sleep
  • Teens 13 to 18 years: 8 to 10 hours of sleep

Sleep Studies for Diagnosing Sleep Disorders in Children

To determine the causes of sleep issues in children of any age, our skilled pediatric sleep medicine team provides overnight sleep studies for diagnostic purposes. We are able to accurately determine the sleep disorder that may affect many areas of health in your child. A sleep study is conducted overnight and we help parents understand what to expect with your child’s sleep study and answer any of your questions.

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Your Child’s Sleep Study

An overnight sleep study can help our specialists evaluate and diagnose any sleep disorders your child may have so they can receive the proper treatment. Learn More.

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Sleep Research & Clinical Trials

Our team is leading the way for improvements in sleep medicine standards. We are on national committees to better identify sleep issues and sleep disturbances. In addition, we are leaders in national research and clinical trials.

Because children can have issues with tonsils or adenoids that affect sleep, our team is able to determine the specific cause of interrupted sleep. Also, as children or adolescents continue to grow and develop, sometimes low iron or obesity become a factor, which also can affect good sleep. Our team helps identify any consistent or inconsistent vulnerabilities in children that can affect their growth and development because of disruptive sleep patterns.

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School Start Times and Sleep Patterns

With national expertise in sleep medicine, our team is instrumental in the discussions of school start times that affect sleep patterns in children of all ages. These early start times, especially in Ohio, are a significant source of sleep loss for teens and middle age children given the biological change in their sleep clock. As advocates for an adjustment in school start times, many professional organizations have recommended more appropriate school start times to allow children the necessary rest for optimal health, but also for improved school performance.

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